Topics

Media, Youth and Civic Engagement

Freedom of expression and social responsibility are key dimensions of citizenship. Democracies rely on people who are capable of self-governance and who are not merely spectators of a political sideshow. Media literacy education helps students become critical thinkers, encouraging them to become skeptical about political messages without becoming cynical about them. By constructing media messages, working collaboratively and participating in meaningful dialogue about social and political issues, students develop the ability to advocate for themselves and their communities, activating real citizenship skills.

Events

Explore and reflect on how college and university faculty engage in teaching about propaganda with a diverse group of faculty experts

Have you been curious about what Tier 2 is all about? Want to reflect more about the Power of Two in relation to personal and professional identity and action? 

Teaching Resources

Propaganda Education for a Digital Age: New Book Plus Online Learning Modules

Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from exploring the multidisciplinary history of media literacy

Help students build social, emotional and cognitive skills by using a six-stage process of collaborative media production

Talk about feelings & needs in ways that promote compassion & empathy

Help students understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning
Guided inquiry & viewing of Adam Ruins the Internet helps learners reflect on the pros and cons of media regulation.

The comprehensive three-volume curriculum created by Renee Hobbs and the Discovery Channel for the Maryland State Department of Education is available online.

Research and Scholarship

  • Hobbs, R. ..(1994,).The Billerica Initiative Telemedium: The Journal of Media Literacy,34-39.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1993,August).See Dick and Jane Deconstruct: ABC's of Teaching Media Literacy The Independent,25-30.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1993,November).Channel One: Schulfernseshen zwischen innovation und kommerz (The Promise and Peril of Channel One) Bertelsmann Briefe,.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1992,).Teaching the Media Journal of Communication,p. 180-184.
  • Hobbs, R...(1991,February). Notes of a No TV survivor Boston Globe,Feb 18: C1.
  • Hobbs, R., Stauffer, J., Frost, R. & Davis, A...(1988,January).How First Time Viewers Comprehend Editing Journal of Communication,50-60.
  • Hobbs, R...(1988,January). Stop(ping) the Presses! Christian Science Monitor,.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1988,).Review of "The Media Lab" by S. Brand Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media,119-121.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1988,).Liberal bias? Review of "The Media Elite," by S. R. Lichter, S. Rothman and L. Lichter Journal of Communication,p. 154-157.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1987,).Review of "The Cult of Information" by Theodore Roszak Journal of Communication ,159-161.

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